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The first episode of Zombie Doll!
I recall seeing the trailer for this series and not thinking too much about it. I wasn't awestruck by the trailer by no means, in fact, I was a little disappointed with the worksmanship of the animation; it seemed lazy and botched together with scotch tape. The characters felt like 2 dimensional beings that would belong as a part of the scenery rather than a character with an interesting developing personality. And I was definitely worried that the writing just wouldn't be funny.
Actually sitting down and watching the first episode, however, has changed my perspective quite a bit i must say. It seems like your drawings have just enough detail and your animations have just enough frames... Combine that with the excellent voice acting, and it really felt like the characters popped out enough to bring interest towards them their personalities. And the script was executed beyond adequately; the writing is genuinely solid enough to merit comedic value and intriguing plot development.
I think the only gripe I still have with this is it's animation. While it's certainly a good enough improvement from the trailer, it does seem a little stiff at times, with most of the animation still bring put into the lipsync and not much else. Still, the fact that you were arsed enough to lipsync in the first place is commendable, to say the least. If there was more animation in the characters, for example, more hand gestures when they speak, it would certainly improve the quality of the flash, in my honest opinion.
This is seriously one of the most honest and straight forward reviews I've read in a long time, and I can't disagree with anything in here.
The truth is that I've always seen myself as a writer and director more than an animator in general, so I take absolutely no offense to anything said here. This cartoon in particular utilized a lot of shortcuts as it was meant to be a proof of concept for us to pitch to the networks with, hoping that if we were to make the full show we would have a budget and some people who are actually good at animating haha. It served its purpose as the show was purchased and then subsequently died in development, but in releasing it to an audience I do wish that I had put a bit more into it.
But yeah, your review and advice were definitely well put and something I will take with me into my next endeavor.
Thanks a ton.
I didn't like the animation work that much, not fluid at all, the script was funny though, and well constructed
I have a serious, fatal question. it's obvious that the doll itself, is undead. that's exceptionally obvious. But because I haven't seen any hints of organs or even the debatable use of human-like flesh, this question will hopefully help me out.
"What does the he/she/it/thing/doll/meat-bag/troll, or intangible thing of doom shown in this video use as sustenance?"
At first, I thought Juju, as in spiritual energy. "Mana", even. Maybe. But then, I thought Jujubes. As in candy, or other sweet snacks and foods. Maybe. My last guess was people.
Have a nice day.
Zed is built of human flesh and the organs of small animals in a process akin to Frankenstein's monster (who just so happens to be their next door neighbor) except on a much smaller scale. Therefore he sustains himself on food just like any other being. The main difference is that Zed was brought to life using a Lazerous-esque syrum, rendering him unable to die and therefore able to heal from enormous amounts of injury such as stab wounds and missing limbs and the like... and yes that is all something we had taken into consideration long ago haha.
that was the shit, love all the characters and i like the underpants gnomes reference in your auther comment
Llove the animation, and it is stranger than ANYTHING I could come up with!
The first great series to showcase on Newgrounds. Still a favorite!
These aren't your little kid's bed time stories! If they are, seek help!
It's like a party in your mouth!
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